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How To Boost The Effectiveness Of Mouse And Rat Traps
A lot of people suffer from rat and mouse infestations, especially in rural areas. The easiest thing is just to put out mouse and rat traps, but the traps don’t always seem to work and it’s hard to discourage the pests from setting up shop inside the home. Luckily, there are a few things you can do as a homeowner that can really help boost the effectiveness of your traps. The first thing you have to do is to think like a rodent. Rodents have two main jobs: to find a plentiful source of food, and to build a nest somewhere in a dark secluded spot. Usually they can find both inside of a home. More Information Here
Keeping them from setting up shop in your home can sometimes be an impossibility. Your house is full of dark little corners where rats and mice can duck in and out, and unless you have a cat on staff, keeping a rat or mouse out that wants in is a daunting task. Sealing up the home on the outside and within is definitely highly recommended, but it won’t always do the trick of keeping them out. Luckily, the second thing you do have control over, their food source. Rats, mice, and other rodents are very adept at finding food. Things that might not seem like rat or mouse food can often be nightly feasts for them. Getting rid of as much of their normal food source and ability to find shelter is the best way to ensure that your rat trap looks as enticing as possible, giving the rodent no choice but to try it. Mouse and rat traps are sometimes ineffective because the rodents already have an ample supply of food elsewhere. They may be getting more than enough food from another source, probably one you haven’t thought of yet.
Dog food is the most common feast that rats and mice dive into during the late watches of the night, while everyone else, including the dog, is fast asleep. Most homeowners don’t think to clean out their dogs dish every night and make sure there aren’t even any crumbs inside the bowl to entice the rodent to hang around. And because dogs are almost always asleep at night, rodents and pests can pretty much go where they please within the home. Cats, however, are very adept hunters, almost always active at night searching for prey that happens to be walking by. But leaving food in your dog’s dish each night with a rat or a mouse in the home can be a pretty sure way of giving your rodent a tasty feast each night that, once they get used to, won’t be very willing to let go of. The rat might be only leaving his nest to make a straight run for the dog bowl once a night. He might not even ever stumble onto your trap. But if you take away as much of a rodent’s luxuries as possible, the effectiveness of your traps should go up quite a bit. Then they will need to explore for different food sources, and at that point will more than likely be enticed strongly by your traps.
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House Cleaning Tips for Busy People
Nothing can make you feel better than a nice maintained home that sees everything in its place and is free of cutter, but in today’s fast paced world cleaning your home may be the last thing on your mind as you are simply too busy. More and more people are just letting the homestead slip to the sloppy and unorganized side or are hiring a maid service to do the job for them, but if you don’t want to do either there is hope for you to clean your home no matter how busy you get.
Here are some helpful tips that will have even the busiest person find time for a little spring – or anytime – cleaning:
• Make it fun: No one likes to clean but you can make the task just a bit more on the fun side. Get an egg timer and set it for five or ten minutes. You take on one room and have someone else in your family take on another. At the end of the time see which room looks the neatest. You will have a little fun and you will get tidied up just a bit.
• Don’t drop and go: Many times when people return from a long day at the office they walk in their house, flip off their shoes, let their coat drop, etc. This is what is known as ‘drop and go.’ When you drop and go you are not only cluttering up your home but you are in fact increasing the workload on yourself when you do find the time to clean as you will now have to pick everything up and organize more than you would have had too if you simply put things in their place as you went. While drop and go is a bad habit, you can work to reverse it into a good habit and make sure those shoes, jackets, and other things from you busy work day end up where they belong and not all over the floor of your home.
• Combine relaxing and cleaning: What do most people want to do when they get home from a long day of work? Relax and watch some television right? Well you can utilize what we all hate about television, namely commercials, to help you get your house cleaned. The average commercial break is about two and a half minutes long and sometime can be more. Have your cleaning weapons of choice ready when your favorite program is about to start and when the commercials hit, you hit the house cleaning. You will be surprised at just how much you can get done during commercials. While you won’t get the entire house cleaned it is not out of the realm of possibilities to knock out a quick vacuuming, some light dusting, and even a wiping down of the kitchen counters.
The bottom line is that everyone could use more time to get house cleaning done, but few will get it and will have to make it instead. By squeezing in cleaning here and there when you can your home will look less like a pig pen and more like the cozy haven that you want after a tiresome day of working.